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Its a known fact that people fear what they dont understand This fear of the unknown is simply an extinct of nature and exists in a global scale The fear of wondering what is beyond that barrier that darkness what could be in there This theme is very clearly stated in the story line and the characters of Harper Lees To Kill A Mockingbird That statement is exactly what this literary analysis paper will be discussing One instance of this theme is the mysterious and elusive Arthur Radley or as the children call him Boo Radley Of course for this theme to fit the children must first not understand Boo This is true in the book because the children have never seen Boo Radley come out of his house before The children have also heard very little about him In fact this misunderstanding is so severe that the children the dare each other to peek into Boos window to find out more about him But usually they cant force themselves to do it because of their fear of him which is caused by that very misunderstanding which they were trying to eliminate causing a very odd paradox making their fear virtually permanent In turn because of their lack of information their description of Boo becomes increasingly fantastic the longer they continue without new information So consequently their fear grows larger But all of this misunderstanding and fear finally ends when Boo finally comes out of his house to save Scout from Bob Ewell who was trying to stab her with a knife Then all of the childrens fear suddenly deflated when they found out that Boo was just an ordinary but solitary man Another instance of this theme in the book was the seemingly drunk and immoral Dolphus Raymond Dolphus Raymond is a Caucasian man who like to acquaint himself with African-American people In Maycomb County that kind of behavior is very uncommon
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